2004
Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1388-3186
  • E-ISSN: 2352-2437

Abstract

In the first half the 1990s, Kees van Kooten and Wim de Bie appeared in twelve television skits as Carla and Frank van Putten, mother and son. Each instalment follows a fixed narrative development, in which Carla’s domineering behaviour causes deep frustration with Frank. I investigate how these skits relate to : a psychiatric and sociological discourse that ascribes a large number of ‘disorders’ with men – including asthma, autism, homosexuality, and schizophrenia – to an incorrect upbringing by a mother who either suffocates (too hot) or neglects (too cold) her son. Van Kooten and De Bie are commonly thought to make subversive satire. However, by way of a narratological analysis I show that, with the exception of the first two skits, the viewer is consistently invited to laugh at Carla as a bad mother.

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